Feeling parched? Hot days and cardio workouts are typical reasons for feeling thirsty because your body distributes hydration elsewhere when it experiences physical stress. However, if you feel parched more often than not, you may be experiencing a condition known as xerostomia, or dry mouth. You can imagine that a variety of unpleasant symptoms come with dry mouth, including difficulty swallowing, a consistent feeling of dehydration, and general discomfort. However, it is the underlying signs of dry mouth that cause the most damage to your oral health. Richmond, CA dentist, Dr. Moiceanu explains how dry mouth effects your dental health by contributing to bad breath and cavities.
How is Saliva Connected to Chronic Bad Breath?
Have you ever noticed bad breath even after brushing, that mints do not mask unpleasant odor, or that food tastes slightly staler? Bad breath is an indicator of a few different oral health issues including tooth decay and a lack of saliva. At any given time, your mouth is filled with hundreds of different species of bacteria. Additionally, throughout the day, your mouth collects food particles, dead cells, and more bacteria that contribute to bad breath. The function of saliva is to wash these particles away to neutralize acid, prevent tooth decay, and hydrate your mouth. Insufficient saliva results in the accumulation of odor-causing particles, creating bad breath.
How Can Dry Mouth Contribute to Cavities?
Acid is your smile’s worst enemy. Unfortunately, acid has a close relationship with the foods and drinks most people love to consume, like sweet treats, white bread, and soft drinks, to name a few. When sugar from these foods and drinks combines with plaque, it creates acid, which eats away at your tooth enamel. Dry mouth sufferers are particularly susceptible to acid erosion because they lack the appropriate amount of saliva to balance their mouth’s pH levels.
Dry Mouth Treatment from Richmond, CA Dentist
If you have chronic dry mouth, bad breath and tooth decay can have serious consequences for your health or your social life. At a dental cleaning, Dr. Moiceanu can discuss options for treating xerostomia and help restore your dental health. Call Dr. Stefan Moiceanu at (510) 758-7222 to schedule an appointment. Hilltop Family Dental happily treats patients from Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.Share on Facebook